Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
Later on that afternoon, I took her out for a little hand-walking around the farm. She really got excited and did some circling around me when we went up towards the front. The farm sits on a corner and I'm not sure she was used to the traffic, and it was a strange place. But for a mare in a totally strange place, I'm really pleased with her reactions. Her lip might get tight, she might do a little circling, but that was the total extent of it. When I asked for whoa, she stopped. Immediately. She never once pulled on the lead rope. She didn't try to graze. She does show a lot of white around her eyes and it makes her look like she's really alarmed, but I think for her it's normal. She doesn't act alarmed, I think she just has more white showing...like an appaloosa? And it seems to be more on one eye than the other. The vet said her eyes checked out fine, so I'm not going to worry about it.
Right now I'm getting a bit for her, a bridle that will fit, arranging for my farrier to meet her and trim her feet...and then she's going to meet OUR vet and get her teeth floated. They aren't bad, but they're rough in places and the vet who checked her said she would need to be floated in the near future. So why wait? I could probably ride her without the bit, but like I said, I'm not brave anymore. We'll wait to get to know each other, and the bit and then ride.
She also came into season on Saturday, or perhaps before. I couldn't see her Saturday because of the trip to Perry...(Didn't get home until after 11pm) So I put her in the wash stall and cleaned her up Sunday morning. (Guys, It's my first time ever with a mare, so I'm unsure about some stuff.) She just stood there and politely moved her tail to one side. We have hot water out at the barn, so I got it warm and she cleaned right up! She looked a lot better afterwards. If this is how she acts when she's in season, then I'm a VERY happy camper. Sure beats cleaning sheaths!
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Last edited by HagonNag; 10-29-2012 at 07:58 AM.